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Council approves directional signs for Los Altos' Woodland Plaza

Council approves directional signs for Los Altos' Woodland Plaza


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
The Los Altos City Council last week approved the installation of two new directional signs on Foothill Expressway pointing motorists to the Woodland Plaza Shopping District.

The Los Altos City Council voted unanimou...

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Schools

New head of curriculum’s ideologies align with LASD

New head of curriculum’s ideologies align with LASD


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Edsel Clark, new Los Altos School District assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction, above, facilitates a junior high mathematics curriculum meeting last week.

Edsel Clark, Ed.D., new assistant superintend...

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Community

Closing reception caps Foothill photo show on rural China

Closing reception caps Foothill photo show on rural China


From IncredibleTravelPhotos.com
Jacque Kae’s “Mischievous” is one of the many photographs on display at Foothill College this month.

Photographs of the land and culture of Huangshan and Zhangjiajie, China, are on exhibit through Sept. 26 at t...

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Sports

Spartans shine in opener

Spartans shine in opener


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Mountain View High’s Frank Kapp snares a touchdown pass from quarterback Owen Mountford in Friday’s win.

Leading by a point at halftime, the Mountain View High football team outscored visiting Del Mar 20-0 the rest of...

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Comment

A look ahead to the Nov. 4 election: Editorial

Election season is upon us. In Los Altos, we have three major local races ahead – two seats on the Los Altos City Council, and three seats each on the Los Altos School District and Mountain View-Los Altos Union High School District boards of tr...

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Special Sections

Renovation complete,  Villa Siena looks to future

Renovation complete, Villa Siena looks to future


Above and Below Photos Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier; Left Photo Courtesy of Villa Siena
Villa Siena in Mountain View recently underwent a $35 million face-lift. The five-year project expanded their senior living community’s space and ability to serv...

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Business

Transitioning from postage to pets

Transitioning from postage to pets


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
A new Pet Food Express store is scheduled to open at the Blossom Valley Shopping Center this month.

A site that previously existed to meet postal service needs will soon have an entirely different purpose – serving pe...

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Books

‘The Humans’ transcends alien genre to glean human insights

‘The Humans’ transcends alien genre to glean human insights


A good story about aliens is always great fun to read – after all, it’s only by attempting to understand the human race from another perspective that we can see ourselves more objectively.

But readers who might be tempted to dismiss ye...

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People

JEANNE PACKARD

After suffering a stroke in May, Jeanne Packard died August 10, 2014 at age 83. She was born in 1931 in Berlin, Germany, the only child of Emily Channel and Frank Howe Packard of Chicago, IL. Jeanne is survived by 5 great grandchildren. She was a lon...

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Travel

LA photographer spends a night with cranes – and moose – in Alaska

LA photographer spends a night with cranes – and moose – in Alaska


Sandy Powell/Special to the Town Crier
Los Altos resident and bird photographer Sandy Powell recently visited Homer, Alaska, to photograph Sandhill cranes, below. While there, Powell also encountered moose, left.

Los Altos resident Sandy Powell, a...

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Stepping Out

'Trailer Park' opens in Los Altos

'Trailer Park' opens in Los Altos


Courtesy of Los
The cast of Los Altos Stage Company’s “The Great American Trailer Park Musical” includes, from left, Mylissa Malley as Lin, Vanessa Alvarez as Betty, and Christina Bolognini as Pickles. Altos Stage Company

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Spiritual Life

9/11 survivor Michael Hingson finds purpose

Imagine walking down 78 flights of stairs – 1,463 individual steps. You are in imminent danger as you walk, unsure whether you can make it out of the building before it collapses or explodes. Struggling for each breath, you smell the heavy sten...

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Magazine

Los Altos Hills home showcases resort-inspired living

Los Altos Hills home showcases resort-inspired living


Courtesy of Spectrum Interior Design
In place of a more traditional fireplace, this modern living room features a linear-flame firebox that emits heat while offering a sculpturelike design element.

After traveling the world and visiting a host...

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Peninsula Symphony Orchestra names new interim director


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The Peninsula Symphony Orchestra last week named Andrea Temkin its interim executive director.

The board of directors of the Los Altos-based nonprofit orchestra appointed Temkin – described as a veteran nonprofit CEO and music education professional – in the midst of a severe financial crisis for the 65-year-old organization. In October, symphony board members learned that most of the group’s endowment and operating funds were missing, leading to the resignation of Executive Director Steve Carlton and a police investigation into the matter.

“We are extremely happy that we have been able to engage a well-known, seasoned arts management professional to guide the symphony’s continued recovery,” said Alan Bien, board chairman. “We have every intention of completing this concert season as planned.”

Temkin has 25 years of experience working with music and arts organizations, including the San Francisco Symphony, Los Cenzontles Mexican Arts Center, Nova Vista Symphony and Kaisahan of San Jose Dance Company. Her organizational management background includes program and strategic planning and implementation, program evaluation and fund development. Temkin has worked with a variety of entities during her career, including teaching musicians, artists, educators and educational institutions such as public school districts and alternative schools.

Prior to her role with the symphony, Temkin served as executive director for eight years at Mountain View’s Community School of Music and Arts. She has been the principal of AST Consulting Group since 2002, and most recently served as the Visual and Performing Arts program manager for the Alameda County Office of Education.

“The Peninsula Symphony is an accomplished area institution, performing music to the highest standards in locally accessible venues at affordable cost,” Temkin said. “Its Bridges to Music Program reaches schoolchildren throughout the Peninsula. I’m honored to be trusted with the task of helping the organization return to firm financial and administrative footing.”

Ongoing investigation

Los Altos Police Capt. Andy Galea told the Town Crier last week that the police investigation into the organization’s missing funds is ongoing. The symphony board announced that orchestra supporters and members have raised more than half of the 2013-2014 budget to continue its programming. The symphony’s concert season opened in late October.

“It’s really amazing and impressive,” Temkin said of the fundraising effort to keep the organization afloat. “My understanding is they raised most of that (money) in about five days.”

Temkin said the organization will continue to actively fundraise to overcome its sudden financial troubles so that it can continue to offer free concerts to the public – including more than 50 annually for children in schools in East Palo Alto, Redwood City and other Bay Area cities that lack music programs.

“We don’t want to let those things go,” she said, adding that funding is also being sought for its Bridges to Music educational program. “It’s important for us to continue to serve the community.”

For more information, visit peninsulasymphony.org.

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